Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: No
General Description: The Brown Heniochus Butterflyfish, also referred to as the Hump Head Butterflyfish or Bannerfish, has a wide distribution throughout Fiji and the Indo-Pacific. With its pronounced brown and white dorsal filaments and unique body shape, the Brown heniochus brings a lot of character into the home aquarium. The Brown heniochus does not make a good reef inhabitant, as they have been observed to nip at sessile invertebrates and corals. An adult Brown heniochus can reach a size of approximately 7″. Note: All of our Brown heniochus are selectively sourced from more sustainable locations.
Diet Requirements: The Brown heniochus is an omnivore. A diet consisting of various frozen meaty preparations such as brine shrimp, spirulina brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and other mixed foods with herbivore components will maintain optimal health, immune function and coloration. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements, as butterflyfish have high metabolisms. Heniochus butterflyfish will often also accept high quality flake foods.
Care Requirements: An established, minimum 125 gallon aquarium is ideal; a group of heniochus will require a larger aquarium. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 75 gallons) as long as it is upgraded accordingly. The Brown heniochus will appreciate some live rock and crevices to swim through and take refuge. Butterflyfish are sensitive to nitrite and ammonia spikes, and an established tank will also offer more abundant microfauna to forage on. Given their peaceful nature and dorsal filament, Brown heniochus should not be kept with overly aggressive species. Brown heniochus do best with tank mates that are similar to their size at the time of introduction. Compatability with other butterfly species is variable. Several Brown heniochus can be kept together so long as they are all introduced at once. A group will make for an eye-catching display in a relatively peaceful fish only with live rock aquarium as they school together. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Medium: 2-1/4″ to 3-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.